I wouldn't think so. Google's bots see the comments as more text and possibly keywords searched for, so this might get more views because of the added text. Just my opinion, of course.
I'll agree with Randy for some hubs.
I recently went through my Celebrity Hubs and hidden the comment section, so that it is unavailable to the readers. I am testing out whether or not it's helpful.
But, all my other Life topics and America hubs have been left alone.
Richie is right, someone suggested it a while back and I tried it once before, but didn't test it for long. This time I plan on testing it for a much longer period.
I disabled mine because it makes the bottom ad more prominent for clicks
I haven't written for a while because been preoccupied, left the comments on my latest hub, remembered how much I miss them lol
The short reply here would be that I think (as with just about most Hub-related stuff, everything depends on the Hubber, but also sometimes on each, individual, Hub. Here comes the long reply (for anyone at all inclined to read it :
I disabled the comment boxes on all Hubs except for those that had so many comments the number of comments really did make the Hub a lot more worthwhile than it otherwise would have been. That was only a few Hubs (and on a couple I, instead, selected "no more comments from now on". I've been leaving comments on the newest Hubs (mostly because people have said they sometimes would like to add something and they aren't thrilled to notice there's no place to add comments.
I disabled the comments mostly because I've been on here a while, and they were getting to be more of a part-time job than I'm able to deal with. Also, some Hubs about depressing subjects (that I wrote as a way of trying to answer someone's depressing question, and because I thought such a serious question really deserved a "grown up" attempt to answer it) were well received, got traffic; but as a result, kept showing up with fresh and new depressing discussions that were getting - well - too depressing to me. So, those were the main reasons I deactivated comments. Also, after Panda, I'd just gotten to a point where I thought, "Who cares who likes what. I'm just doing what I think looks nicest on my Hubs," and I've never liked the look of a bunch of "nice Hub" type of comments (or even some "better" comments, but comments that may not really look in keeping with the tone of the Hub).
It's been months now. If I were to guess, I'd say that I suspect having no comments has probably hurt my traffic (at least with some Hubs). I'd heard that leaving room at the bottom increases ad space, but I didn't see any particular improvement in ad results. I've since (and for now) deactivated HP ads for July, and for the month since Panda I'll make the Ad Sense payout in one month. (Before Panda, I was being paid every month by them for over two years.) Now that it appears I may be getting back some traffic/earnings, I may re-think the comments-block thing again. (Then again, I do like the clean look of the Hubs; and I'm wondering if, maybe, the overall, more-professional, appearance of some may actually create more of an impression of "quality".)
I guess where I am now is that I'm giving each Hub a chance to see if it inspires any "substantial" discussion (and most don't); and unless the discussion(s) really add to the substance of the Hub I'll probably shut off comments on the newer Hubs after they've been up for a couple of months. I suppose if I were to write some "big, controversial, or otherwise 'hot'" Hub I might just plan to leave the comments on forever - just in case.
So, having said all that, I guess I'm saying that I wouldn't necessarily recommend shutting off the comments boxes (at least not unless you're a big, anti-clutter, freak like I am - in which case, maybe the "clean look" will be worth any loss in traffic (if there even IS one). I think it's very much an individual-Hub kind of thing with my own mix of Hubs. Also, now that's there the apparent big push toward "social" stuff, I suppose the person who wants to get "all involved" with that "angle" of Hubbing probably shouldn't shut off comments (needless to say). (Coming to the forums and commenting on Hubs is about as "sociable" as I get online. )
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